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Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital Nurses Recognized at Nursing Spectrum's Excellence Awards Gala

Baltimore, MD (July 1, 2009) - Kernan Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital nurses Lori Mooney, RN, BSN and Barbara Hennigan, RN, BSN were recently honored along with nurses from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia at Nursing Spectrum's Excellence Awards 2009 Gala, held at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. Kernan was a Silver Sponsor of the event.

Nursing Spectrum's Nursing Excellence Awards recognizes the extraordinary contributions nurses make to their patients, each other and the profession. Nominators submitted information about nurses' professional roles, their contribution to the nursing profession in general and specific examples that demonstrate the candidates' excellence in the chosen category. Thirty-two finalists were honored within six categories: Advancing and Leading the Profession; Clinical Care; Community Service; Management; Mentoring; and Teaching.

Lori Mooney, a clinical nurse who works on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) unit, was recognized as a finalist in the Mentoring category, a category that recognizes RNs who have provided a positive, professional influence, guidance and support for other nurses in any setting.

According to Marta McCusker, Lori's manager who nominated her, Lori "quickly achieved mastering the requirements of her clinical role and moved on to the role of mentor to others on the team. She serves as a preceptor to new employees and she is enthusiastic about the role. Lori extends herself to the nursing students and the clinical instructor to enhance their clinical experience."

Barbara Hennigen, a clinical nurse who works on the Comprehensive Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) unit, was included in Nursing Spectrum's "Honor Your Own" category, an additional opportunity for hospitals to honor outstanding nurses. According to Kathi Diver, Barbara's manager who nominated her, Barbara is "a devoted, knowledgeable career rehabilitation nurse, current student and role model who gently inspires and leads staff and patients in the pursuit of excellence."

"Kernan is fortunate to have nurses of the caliber of Barb and Lori," said Valerie Summerlin, RN, MS, NEA-BC, VP, Patient Care Services, CNO. "We have great nurses and it was difficult to choose our Nursing Spectrum nominees for the awards."

Those attending the event from Kernan in support of their nurses included Valerie Summerlin, Vice President of Patient Care Services, CNO; Donna Raimondi, Director of Quality & Professional Development; Marta McCusker, Manager, TBI Unit; and Daria Malan, Director Rehab Nursing Services.

Kernan Hospital is a member of the University of Maryland Medical System, a nine-hospital system that includes Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Maryland General Hospital, Shore Health System, Chester River Health System, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, University Specialty Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center.